More than 400 injured in water park fire in Taiwan

Hundreds suffered burn injuries in fire following explosion in water amusement park in Taiwan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hundreds of people have been injured in a fire following an explosion in a water amusement park in New Taipei City, Taiwan on Saturday.

There are conflicting reports about the number of people injured, but Chinese Xinhua news agency reports it as 474. About 100 of the injured are in critical condition, according to the reports

According to New Taipei City fire department, the explosion was caused by the powder spray.

“It could have been due to the heat of the lights on the stage,” the fire department said

Taiwan’s Central News Agency cited witnesses as saying some coloured powder blown into air just before the explosion, which turned into a fire and spread quickly at the Formosa Water Park.

Wang Wei-sheng of the New Taipei City fire department command center said there were about 1,000 people having a party in the park when the incident took place.

Injured people were carried by rescue workers and bystanders in various ways such as stretcher, inflatable boats and on people’s backs to get medical treatment.

The fire was quickly taken under control and authorities are investigating the reason behind it.

TRTWorld and agencies